Stylus Studio 6 Enables XML Data Integration with Powerful New Tools for XQuery, XSLT, XML Schema and XML Mapping

New version of award-winning XML IDE further solidifies Stylus Studio position as the most powerful and comprehensive developer tool for XML data integration

Bedford, Mass.Oct  4, 2004 — Stylus Studio (http://www.stylusstudio.com), the industry-leading innovator of XML development and productivity tools, today shipped Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition, the latest major release of its award-winning XML Integrated Development Environment (XML IDE). Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition adds powerful new productivity tools and enhancements that simplify the development of standards-based XML data integration applications. Included in Stylus Studio 6 is enhanced support for XSLT 2.0, XQuery, XML Schema, and XML Mapping. All-new for Stylus Studio 6 is Convert to XML, a flexible utility for converting legacy or non-relational data into any XML format that can be used anywhere in Stylus Studio you would use XML. The release of Stylus Studio 6 further solidifies Stylus Studio position as the most powerful and comprehensive developer tool for XML data integration.

"Stylus Studio 6 was designed to automate and accelerate the most commonly encountered aspects of developing customized XML data integration solutions," said Carlo Innocenti, Stylus Studio's senior product architect. "Our new editors, such as a new XML Schema Editor for visually creating XML data models, and a new XML grid editor for working with tabular data, are essential tools for any data architect. We also upgraded our existing toolset to fully support XSLT 2.0 and the latest XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 draft specifications — all of which represent technologies essential for transforming and querying XML data sources. Finally, we added Convert to XML, a powerful new utility for getting non-relational data sources such as flat files into any XML format, and we beefed up our existing XML mapping tools so that XML data can be more easily than ever visually transformed into any output format. The result is that Stylus Studio 6 is the most comprehensive XML integration tool on the market, providing advanced support for all XML data integration tasks from start to finish."

The following new features and enhancements are just some of the highlights of the solid and robust Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition:

  • Convert to XML — A powerful new utility that allows you to easily convert any data source — flat files, binary data, EDI, and any other format — into XML. Convert to XML includes full integration with Stylus Studio's XML adapter framework, enabling users to seamlessly configure non-relational files as data sources for use with Stylus Studio's visual XML mapping tools for XSLT and XQuery.
  • Advanced XSLT 2.0 Editor and Debugger — Stylus Studio now includes full support for XSLT 2.0 editing, debugging, transformation, validation, and backmapping. Built-in support for XPath 2.0 further solidifies Stylus Studio's leadership in providing the most advanced development environment for XSLT.
  • Updated XQuery 1.0 Support — Stylus Studio's XQuery Editor, Debugger, Mapper, and Performance Profiler tools have been updated to support the latest XQuery 1.0 working draft of July 2004.
  • XML Schema Editor — Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition features an all-new XML Schema Editor that allows you to visually define advanced XML data models. A contemporary text pane lets you see the XML Schema text Stylus Studio creates for you as you work with the diagram. Both views are kept completely synchronized — changes made in one editor are immediately reflected in the other. Stylus Studio's new XML Schema Editor is a great tool for learning XML Schema.
  • XML Grid View — Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition features a new XML grid view for editing tabular XML data. The XML grid view provides an intuitive spreadsheet-like interface for working with relational data or any XML document with repeating data structures, addressing a need that frequently arises when developing custom XML data integration applications.
  • Enhanced XML Mapping — Numerous usability and performance enhancements to Stylus Studio's visual XQuery and XSLT based XML-to-XML mapping tools.

XML Developer Community Reaction

"I'm thrilled to see that Stylus Studio 6 includes integrated XSLT 2.0 editing and debugging: this will really help existing XSLT users to achieve the productivity benefits that XSLT 2.0 offers, and hopefully will convert many of the people who previously looked at XSLT 1.0 and decided it was too difficult for them. I'm also pleased to see the new visual XML Schema tools: writing schemas by hand isn't something I would wish on anyone, but it's a technology that's becoming increasingly important, especially as it's now becoming integrated with XSLT and XQuery, and the new tools will greatly help in making XML Schema more accessible."Dr. Michael Kay, author of the XSLT Programmer's Reference from Wrox Press, editor of the W3C's XSLT 2.0 specification, creator of the Saxon XSLT processor and president of Saxonica.

"Stylus Studio 6 raises the bar on what XQuery and XSLT developers can and should expect out of their IDE," said Jason Hunter, Senior Engineer at Mark Logic, Author of "Java Servlet Programming", and co-creator of JDOM and the BumbleBee XQuery test harness available at XQuery.com. "The combination of features in Stylus Studio 6 will simplify XQuery and XSLT development, making experienced programmers more productive and giving new programmers a leg up in learning."

"Stylus Studio's XML Schema tools provide a very intuitive means for modeling, visualizing, and validating the sophisticated XML data constructs that are so prevalent in today's advanced financial applications," commented Mr. Ira Fuchs, Director of The Center for XML and Web Services Technologies at CCC/CUNY. "It's a tremendous productivity booster for any data integration project."

Pricing and Availability

Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition is available now for a free 30-day trial download. Stylus Studio 6 can be purchased at the Stylus Studio Online Shop. Prices start at $495(USD) for a single-user license and $240 (USD) for an upgrade license.

About Stylus Studio

Stylus Studio®, a product from DataDirect Technologies, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, is the industry's most innovative XML IDE providing advanced support for XML and its related technologies: XSL, XSLT, XML Schema, DTD, SOAP, WSDL, SQL/XML, XML mapping and XQuery. Used by leading software developers world-wide, Stylus Studio simplifies XML programming and enhances developer productivity through innovation. Visit the Stylus Studio Web site to learn more.

About DataDirect Technologies

DataDirect Technologies is focused on standards-based data connectivity, enabling software developers to quickly develop and deploy business applications across all major databases and platforms. DataDirect Technologies offers the most comprehensive, proven line of data connectivity components available anywhere. Developers worldwide at more than 250 leading independent software vendors and thousands of corporate IT departments rely on DataDirect® products to connect their applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using standards-based interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC™ and ADO.NET. Developers also depend on DataDirect to radically simplify complex data integration projects using XML products based on the emerging XQuery and XQJ standards. DataDirect Technologies is an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, a US$300+ million global software industry leader. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., you can visit DataDirect Technologies on the Web, or you can call +1-800-876-3101.


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